What Watts Means 50 Years Later

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Fifty years ago today, police clashed with a black motorist in Los Angeles, beginning what came to be known as the Watts Riots or the "rebellion." The violence began after two policemen scuffled with a black motorist in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Thirty-four people died and $40 million in property was destroyed. Erin Aubry Kaplan grew up a few minutes away -- in what seemed like a "better neighborhood." But, in the latest edition of Los Angeles Magazine, she writes that Watts came to be a symbol of protest… and even pride.


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Alma Reaves Woods Watts Branch Library
Photo: Laurie Avocado

Credits

Guest:
Erin Aubry Kaplan - contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, former columnist for the LA Times, author of the book “Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches From a Black Journalista”

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Charlotte Duren, Evan George